(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Natural recovery of moss-dominated biological soil crusts after surface soil removal and their long-term effects on soil water conditions in a semi-arid environment

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

XIAO B. (1 2) ; ZHAO Y. (2) ; WANG H. (2) ; WU J. (1) ;
(1) Beijing Research & Development Center for Grass and Environment, Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, Beijing, CHINE
(2) State Key Lab. of Soil Erosion and Dryland Farming on the Loes Plateau, Inst. of Soil and Water Conservation, CAS, Univ., Yangling, CHINE


The AA. set up 2 treatments including biological soil crusts (BSCs), natural BSCs without disturbance and disturbed BSCs (the top 30 mm of surface soil, including the BSC layer, was severely disturbed and completely removed), in a semi-arid environment on the Loess Plateau of China. Over the succeeding years, the natural recovery process of BSCs was qualitatively described and the soil water content at 0–90 cm depth of the two treatments was consecutively monitored. The results showed that : it is possible to recover moss-dominated biological soil crusts after disturbance; Crust disturbance decreased soil moisture and the effect gradually weakened with time; Crust disturbance decreased surface soil moisture but increased deep soil moisture; Crust disturbance degraded soil water conditions in the following 3–4 years. Therefore, artificial destruction of crusts in semi-arid region should not be recommended


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 120 [pp. 1-11]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 7 fig., 2 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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